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South names Teschner as new baseball coach

Since the program began in the mid-1960s, there have been just two head coaches in the history of South Gwinnett baseball.

Now, there's a third.

South assistant coach Steve Teschner was recently chosen to take over for the departing Roger Parham, who will be stepping down after this season to take an assistant job at Mill Creek.

Parham has been the head coach since 1999. Before that, John Sawyer led the Comets for over 35 years.

Now it's Teschner's turn.

"It's a unique experience," he said. "Everybody asks me how I feel about this and I always say, 'How many places can you go that have had two coaches in the last 45 years?'

"You'd have to look long and hard to find a program that has this kind of stability. And it's always a first-class program, and I'm just tickled that it fell my way."

Teschner, whose son Brett is a freshman in the program, is in his first year at South after being an assistant at both Meadowcreek and Collins Hill.

The 42-year-old took two years off from coaching to spend more time with Brett and daughter Katie before rejoining the coaching ranks this season at South.

"It was funny how it worked out," said Teschner, who teaches P.E. and health at Meadowcreek but will be joining the South faculty next school year. "Roger and I have been dear friends for a long time. We played against each other in college, so we've had a few wars between the lines and outside the lines.

"But it was such a great opportunity to come over here with him and it was an opportunity to get into a first-class program."

A first-class program that he will be in charge of very shortly.

Though Teschner's only been with the team for this season, South athletic director Phil Davidson feels comfortable with him at the helm.

"He's done a good job this year," Davidson said. "He's great with the kids. He's very knowledgeable about baseball. He's been in the community for quite a while - he's coached down in the youth leagues.

"People know him and are familiar with him, and they really like him ... we've gotten nothing but positive comments from the players, coaches and parents. He's a great guy. It was a tough process trying to replace Parham, but we think he'll do a good job."